cr care recipient often refuses to drink reluctance to drink when offered fluids may put Care recipient (cr) at risk of dehydration headaches and increased side effects from medications

Try: #the cr may be turning down opportunities to drink not realizing that he or she is thirsty #give verbal and visual cues to prompt the cr to drink for example prepare two cups of cold water in front of the cr say that there is nothing better on a hot day than a drink of cold water and then sip from one of the cups yourself while handing the other to the cr #if the cr was raised on a farm try offering water chilled in a tin cup this may bring back memories of cold well water you can buy tin cups in many military surplus stores and camping supply stores #the cr may not be motivated to drink fluids that can’t be seen so serve water juice or soda in clear see-through take-out cups with lids and straws #try making punch or juice more appealing by offering it in goblets or shot glasses #try using frosty mugs and familiar wine glasses to make non-alcoholic drinks such as non-alcoholic beer and sparkling grape juice more attractive #encourage the cr to begin sipping at a drink by putting something non-alcoholic into a wine glass shot glass or glass mug and then make a toast raise your glass and touch it the the cr cr’s the cr may mirror you as you then take a sip of the liquid you’ve put in your glass

Materials: Old fashioned tin cup clear see-through drinking glasses or plastic cups goblets shot glasses frosted beer mugs and wine glasses non-alcoholic beer and sparkling grape juice

Categories: Personal, Female, Needs Some Assistance, Needs Much Assistance, Independence, Some Supervision, Maximum Supervision, Cognitive Awareness, Somewhat Aware, Long-Term Memory, So-So L T Memory, Poor L T Memory, Short-Term Memory, So-So S T Memory, Poor S T Memory

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*This information is listed as a Tip and is not explicitly medically licensed

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